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the russian government hazardous to your health? the mysterious death of a one-time billionaire. and the pop culture lead. the white house blowing up, commander in chief held at gun point. where is hollywood obsessed at putting the president in peril. ? we start, of course, with our national lead. for years we've watched court cases that were always destined to end up before the u.s. supreme court, setting precedents that will determine once and for all whether, in the u.s., gay and lesbian couples can legally marry. and now the time is here. the cases have arrived. tomorrow the nine justices will hear arguments over california's proposition 8, the law that voters passed in 2008 banning same-sex marriage in california. and on wednesday the court will hear a separate case challenging the defense of marriage act, which defined marriage as between one man and one woman. signed into law in 1996 by president clinton who now supports the overturning of that law. at least one of the nine on the court has a personal connection to this issue, chief justice john roberts has a cousin from san francisco
government as well. this must be unusual for the citizens of frederick. >> yeah, it is. we're quite elated the fact we had the air funds and got the tower built, and then like you said, just over a year late, we're fighting to keep it open. >> just to stay with you. there are a lot of americans who think washington does need to cut spending and obviously this will mean some pain. you're in frederick, maryland. there is bwi airport nearby. there is dulles airport. not tremendously far. there is reagan national airport. why does there need to be an airport in frederick, maryland? >> well, one of the reasons that we have an airport is for economic growth. we have a number of corporate entities that fly into our airport and then head down to d.c. the tower provided an extra level of safety to allow those corporate jets to come in. without the tower, we're going to probably start seeing a decrease in that jet activity and that's how our airport makes revenue, the sale of fuel. >> diana, your airport is key to the aerial fire fighting aircraft that protect 1.7 million acres of land susceptible t
. so what we've seen and these are escalating is that people are being killed by the u.s. government and they don't even know their identity. what i've seen in my reporting on the ground in somalia, yemen, and elsewhere is we'll have tremendous blowback from this if we don't take a serious step back and look at the impact on the ground of the drone strikes. >> how about that? you've written about whether in pakistan these drone strikes create more terrorists than they kill as jeremy argued. >> well, what we actually look at is public opinion. what is interesting, everyone knows pakistanis tend to dislike the drones in the major cities. what we don't actually know is what pakistanis think about the drones in the tribal areas. in my own travels on pakistan i find that people, the closer they are to the drones the less willing they are to say they hate them. in part because they understand the options are the pakistan military are living under the regime but i will say i very much agree with jeremy. i am not a supporter of the so-called strikes. even if we were to have transparency we w
standing by in beirut, lebanon. the rebels say the government killed 25 people with a chemical weapon. help us out here. who is telling the truth? >> reporter: it still isn't really clear, jake. we don't have confirmation chemical weapons were used but there are two separate incidents. one in a city in the north, aleppo, in which the regime says it was hit by a chemical weapon fired by rebels and the russian government backing that up one activist saying this seems to have landed between rebel and regime lines and may have hit civilians in the regime area and regime troops, too. another instance near damascus to the east in which rebels do appear to have been hit by some kind of suffocating gas. not clear what it was but certainly the logic test suggests rebels aren't going to be aim agate themselves with these weapons and we know the regime has a large stockpile. >> is there a faction within the opposition that cob obtain chemical weapons? is it even possible? >> reporter: that's always been the real fear as we heard about radicalization, the fractious nature of the rebel movement. to be h
in obama care. this year the federal government will bring in more revenue than any year in our history and yet we're still going to have a trillion dollars budget deficit. spending is the problem. >> the white house says in response, yes, it's true. taxes went up more than $600 billion over ten years at the end of the year but it is also true the white house put $1.5 trillion worth of spending cuts in their budget. the truth is you're both right. i mean, they have offered spending cuts. the taxes did go up. it still hasn't made enough of a dent. you still have to sit down and do something. >> right. i think we're doing our budget this year. actually we're doing it this week here in the house. our budget will balance in ten years. we're going to pass our budget. hopefully the senate will pass their budget. except their budget never comes to balance. the president's budget never comes to balance. you can't continue to spend money as far as the eye can see that you don't have. and that's what they're continuing to propose, along with higher taxes on the american people. >> but the politic
. >> reporter: who pays the bill when cruise ships need help, help that comes directly from the u.s. government? here's a hint. it's not the cruise line. >> most all of these cruise ships fly foreign flags, so you can't regular late them except the few hours they're here at your shores. they pick up the small amount of the responsibility, but not very much. the taxpayer ends up picking up most of it. they don't own up to their responsibilities. >> reporter: the coast guard spent $780,000 to help the triumph when it was stranded in the gulf of mexico a month ago. but that was minor compared to 2010 when the carnival splendor was stuck in the pacific. more than 3.4 million in taxpayer dollars went toward sending a u.s. aircraft carrier to help, but it turns out not only is carnival not paying the bill for those rescues, they're barely paying taxes. senator john rockefeller started probing the issue last year after the costa concorde ya incident. >> their ships are registered in other countries where they can, you know, get cheaper labor and they pay no taxes in this country. >> reporter: by regis
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